The West Linn boys lacrosse team endured another tough battle with Clackamas, holding on late for an 11-9 victory but its placement in the postseason is still very much up in the air.

The Lions have lost just two games to Oregon opponents, both to No. 1 Lakeridge, and they are currently ranked No. 2. However, West Linn wraps up the regular season against Oregon City before traveling to Washington for a showdown with Bainbridge Island in a game that could have huge repercussions.

A win at Bainbridge, a team which knocked off Lakeridge earlier this year, would lock down the No. 2 ranking in the state for the Lions and would secure home field advantage up until the Final Four.

But, with teams closely bunched behind Lakeridge, a loss could potentially drop West Linn out of the top four.

The Lions took care of business against the Cavaliers on Monday, jumping out to a big early lead and then hanging on during a penalty-riddled second half.

West Linn went up 6-1 early and looked to be on its way to a much more lopsided victory than its 6-5 win early in the season.

However, the Lions found themselves in penalty trouble in the second half which interrupted their rhythm on offense.

“Our man-down defense played well. We only gave up three goals on 15 penalties which is pretty good,” coach Mark Flood said.

The Lions were on their heels for much of the second half as the Cavaliers chipped away, eventually cutting the lead to just one goal.

Clackamas had an opportunity to tie the game but goalie Will Strickland made a nice save to preserve the lead.

The Lions then answered with an insurance goal and locked down the victory.

Dalton Tuor had three goals in the game and did well on face-offs. Ryan Klose and Jack McMenomey each scored twice.

“Our midfield really contributed a lot which was great to see,” Flood said.

The West Linn girls team also handled Clackamas this week, winning 11-4. Annie Longtain had four goals and Hanna Morford added a hat trick.

The Lions can clinch the league title with a win tonight (Thursday) in its regular season finale at home against Oregon City.

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